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    • Suggestion on Cheap Accomodation and Car Rentals in New Zealand

      New Zealand Jun 17, 2014 at 5:04 AM


      Can you please suggest for following places.

      Auckland, Queenstown, Rortorua, Christchurch, Franz Josef

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      Accomodation - Can we wing it?

      New Zealand Yesterday

      Hello! We will be in New Zealand October 11-26. The first 5 days will be spent on the North Island and the rest on the South Island. I'm wondering whether it will be easy to find accomodation on the spot that time of year or whether we'll need to plan a bit further ahead. I know there are school holidays that extend into early October, but I think we'll just be catching the tail end our first couple of days in town (correct me if I'm wrong!). We're hoping to do a mix of camping and more standard guesthouse-type accomodations, but don't want to be tied down to a set schedule if we don't have to be. Also, for camping, if you have any suggestions for places to buy camping gear in Auckland, that would be great. We're debating whether to bring our own from home or buy once we're there and then donate it at the end (we'll be flying into Auckland and out of Christchurch, so I'm guessing renting isn't an option). Tips on donation centers that might accept camping gear in Christchurch would be great too.


    • How to save cost while Travelling to New Zealand

      New Zealand Jun 17, 2014 at 5:00 AM


      Can you please suggest a way to reduce cost while travelling to New Zealand. We are a family of 3 travelling with an 18 month old baby.

      Please advise.


      Ohakana Island Jun 28, 2014 at 6:55 PM

      Is there accommodation on Ohakana Island.

      Cheers Gail Wood

    • Please recommend an active guided bus tour in NZ

      New Zealand Jun 18, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      Can somebody recommend an active guided bus tour that covers all New Zealand (around 10 days)? I don’t want to have hassle driving on the left side, so we’d be willing to join a group and travel on a bus. We’re middle age couple, but still physically active, and would like to be on a tour where we could do some 2-4 hours hikes to see the scenery and not to be stuck on the bus or on the ship all the time.
      Thank you in advance for any tips.

    • Best time to go to New Zealand

      New Zealand Jul 2, 2014 at 4:22 AM

      When is the best time to go to New Zealand ? Is it necessary to order hotels in advance ? ( in the beginning of December month for instance). The problem is that it is difficult to know how much time to spend in each place.

    • Peak Season Camping

      New Zealand Jun 23, 2014 at 11:56 AM

      I am interested in staying at some DOD campgrounds on occasion throughout our trip to save some money, and not have to book every night in advanced (and I'm guessing the camping is a little more my style rather than the large RV parks). I'm noticing that a lot of DOD campgrounds are first come first served, and I am wondering if this becomes a problem in peak season. Are these likely to fill up quickly in areas near tourist attraction, such as Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown, Mount Cook? If they do, are we likely to find last minute space available in nearby holiday parks as a backup plan, or would these be booked as well, and we would end up having to drive on to another town? We only need non-powered sites, but won't be self-contained, so won't be able to freedom camp.

    • Overnight stopover in Auckland (from Bris to Queenstown)

      Queenstown Jun 16, 2014 at 1:31 AM

      Has anyone had to do the overnight stop over in Auckland on the connecting flight from Bris to Queenstown? We arrive in Auckland airport at 11:40pm and depart 7:10am the next morning.
      Just wondering if it's worth going to one of the airport hotels nearby once we've picked up baggage etc or whether we should just sleep there overnight? Would also help to know how early we need to check in for AKL to ZQN flight also. Not too keen on novotel prices so don't suggest that please.

      Thanks for your answers :)

    • Female solo trip in Europe or SA?

      New Zealand Jun 13, 2014 at 2:02 AM

      Hi everyone,

      So next year (I'll be almost 19 by this time) I am wanting to take a gap year and go travelling. Unfortunately all my friends are going to uni and no one has the amount of money to want to take this gap year with me so I will be going on my own. I know this could potentially be dangerous or whatever but I'm willing to risk it.

      I still can't decide between Europe; (France, Italy, Netherlands, Greece and Spain) or South America; (Brazil, Peru, Venezuela, Bolivia and Argentina) I want to go from around May/June next year to around about August/September which I know is a long time but I really want to explore and just have an adventure and meet new people on the road.

      So these are my long awaited questions.

      1. How dangerous really is it for an 18 year old girl to travel on her own and which out of Europe and SA would be safer?
      2. How much money do you think I would need for this length of time bear in mind I would be couch surfing and staying in the cheapest hostels possible and hopefully befriending locals. (My current balance is about 6000NZD)
      3. How easy is it to 'work under the table' in either of these places?
      4. Covering my interests; I want to visit lots of the clubbing and party aspect but I also want to be enriched in culture, and paradise. I also love exploring places that are unknown and unique.
      5. Is it possible just to buy a one way ticket to either of these places so that I don't have a set time limit and can just wonder, or will I get held up in customs for that? I would leave money in a separate account for the flight home.
      6. Any other advice/tips you can give me would be much appreciated! Thanks!!

      Thanks to everyone who answered it really really helps in my life changing decision!!

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      Camper van trip in New Zealand

      New Zealand Jun 11, 2014 at 11:40 PM


      We plan to have a 2 weeks vacation in NZ with a camper van and there will be 6 of us.
      This is our first camper van trip and we need any recommendations on route and most importantly rental place.

      Any inputs at this stage will be very helpful :)

      We plan the trip between Sept-Nov 2015 -- hope it's a good time of the year in NZ -- our main interest aside people, culture, also landscape photography.

      Thank you so much

    • Extra day in Auckland or go to Coromandel?

      New Zealand Jul 4, 2014 at 4:18 AM


      I originally planned to go to the Coromandel from Auckland to see Cathedral Cove and Hot Water beach (tide permitting) but am now thinking if it would be better to see the sights closer to Auckland instead. Would I regret not going to the Coromandel? With an early start, we should arrive at the Coromandel by mid morning. We will then stay overnight at Whitianga. Will this give us a enough time or will it be better to stay in Auckland and maybe see one of the islands around Auckland or to go to a neighbouring suburb. We'll only have one full day in Auckland and I can't decide whether to spend an extra day there or visit another town. I understand Cathedral Cove is very picturesque with a nice walk and a good beach.


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      Moving to Whangerei soon.....

      Whangarei Apr 26, 2014 at 11:56 PM

      Hi All. We have recently moved to NZ from the UK and are currently looking at farms around the Whangerei area. Most people we talk to say it is a beautiful place with incredible beaches, friendly people and a relaxed way of life but there are also a couple of negative comments which keep coming up ......... A big drug problem and hostility towards non-locals (especially immigrants!).

      I would really appreciate people's honest views and opinions. I fully understand that every town/city has it's problem areas. We have two small boys (4.5 and 3) and I want to keep them safe and away from the problem areas but feel if we aren't accepted by locals and not supported in our work (beef farming) that we will on a plane back to the UK before you can say Tim Tams!

      I fell in love with NZ after travelling extensively in 2000 and have visited 4 times since, so we have a good network of friends who are very supportive but they also have heard some negative comments and are concerned we may be choosing the wrong area to settle.

      Thank you in advance.


      3 Answers May 13, 2014 at 5:34 AM
    • Accomodation

      Cape Reinga Mar 24, 2014 at 2:05 AM

      Hi there back in 2000 i stayed at a place just before Cape Reinga i think it might have been 20mins before cape reinga but i cant find the place we stayed at and i cant remember the hotel / camping place it had a restaurant and little shop on it and we stayed in like a cabin.

      please help :)

      1 Answer May 23, 2014 at 2:11 AM
    • Cape Reinga to Auckland

      Cape Reinga Dec 29, 2013 at 6:40 AM

      I want to do this journey as quickly as possible, overland on public transport. I'll have a bicycle with me.

      What are the options, please?

      1 Answer May 28, 2014 at 7:54 PM
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      Best time of year to Visit?

      Waipoua Forest Dec 1, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      when is the best time of the to visit Waipoua Forest?

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      Duration: Drive Paihai to Cape Reinga

      Cape Reinga Aug 2, 2013 at 11:14 PM

      How long does it take to drive from Paihai to Cape Reinga?

      4 Answers Aug 4, 2013 at 4:34 PM
    • Whalewatching

      Cape Reinga Jan 1, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      Who can recommend a tour for whales / dolphins observe (without swimming with dolphins) on the north island in March? The best thanks already...

      1 Answer Jan 3, 2013 at 3:15 PM
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      Place to stay in Paihia during my honeymoon

      Paihia Oct 1, 2010 at 1:42 AM

      I want to stay in a Luxury accomodation in Paihia during my honeymoon. Any recommendation? The rooms should have a good view of the bay .

      2 Answers Nov 3, 2011 at 9:07 PM
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      Re: Auckland - Russell - Cape Reingi

      Bay of Islands May 17, 2010 at 4:24 PM

      Time factor is important as we have only 7 nights, if we hire car from the Auckland airport and drive to the ferry terminal.

      Do you know (a) how much is the cost to Russell by ferry and (b) is the Ferry Terminal close from the airport.

      Are there other important factors we should know?


      2 Answers Aug 19, 2010 at 8:11 AM
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      Auckland - Russell - Cape Reingi

      Russell May 13, 2010 at 7:05 PM

      1:How far is the distance from and
      2:How long does it take by car from
      a)Auckland to Russell
      b)Russell to Cape Reingi.
      3:Is Russell roughly halfway (distance) from Auckland and Cape Reingi.

      We want to stay @ Russell as a base to see places from Auckland - Cape Reingi.


      6 Answers May 21, 2010 at 4:23 PM
    • Bikes

      Bay of Islands Apr 1, 2010 at 9:24 PM

      Are you able to take push bikes across on the ferry or do you need to use the car ferry.

      2 Answers Apr 2, 2010 at 8:51 PM
    • Bay of Islands via cruise ship

      Bay of Islands Sep 30, 2009 at 2:27 PM

      Hello! We will arrive in Bay of Islands by Princess Cruise Ship. We would like to not book an excursion through the cruise line. How do we get from the cruise docking area to Paihia? thank you!

      6 Answers Nov 3, 2011 at 9:00 PM
    • Cape Reinga Tours

      Northland Jul 30, 2009 at 6:36 PM

      Are these a safe deal? We didn't get a refund after we were forced to cancel a booking with one outfit? Since the company is not responsive, is there some other body (other than the Disputes Tribunal or Fair Go?), that we could approach?

      3 Answers Jul 30, 2009 at 8:23 PM
    • Water temperature

      Northland Jul 21, 2009 at 6:55 AM

      Anyone who knows the average water temp in the farth northern parts of Northland (as well as the Bay of Isands) in the NZ summer? Problems with sharks etc?


      1 Answer Nov 23, 2009 at 10:11 AM
    • Water temperature

      Bay of Islands Jul 21, 2009 at 6:51 AM

      What's the normal water temp in the Bay of Islands in the (NZ) summer?

      1 Answer Nov 3, 2011 at 9:01 PM
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      How long?

      Northland Jun 14, 2008 at 5:11 PM

      How long does it take to travel from Auckland to Whangarei and vice-versa?

      2 Answers Jul 8, 2008 at 5:31 PM
    • 90 mile beach drive in the bay of islands

      Northland Jan 15, 2008 at 4:56 PM

      i have been trying to book a bus tour for the 90 mile beach drive, but i just cant seem to find any of the bus tour names,their email add or phone #. i have been advised that the tours should be booked ahead of time.please help me with this. i do have a rental car, but am not planning to do beach drive in the rental car. thank you

      3 Answers Jan 16, 2008 at 11:30 PM
    • 2 days to Bay of Islands

      Bay of Islands Jul 18, 2007 at 5:51 PM

      We will be in Auckland for a couple of days before our cruise. Would we be better to take a commercial tour to the Bay of Islands or to hire a car and drive ourselves?

      4 Answers Jul 23, 2007 at 3:14 PM
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      How long does it take .. how far ...

      Northland Jan 2, 2007 at 6:14 AM

      Hi! Trying to plan my time here. Hope someone can help.
      Q1: How far (time and distance)if we drive via the west coast (Dargaville, Opinoni..) from Auckland to Ahipara. Including the ferry from Rawene to Kohukohu, EXCLUDING waiting time for ferry, stopping to gape at the awesome Tane Mahuta, Hokianga Harbour, etc.. etc...
      Q2: In terms of shorter distance and time, which is shorter .... Auckland- Whangarei-Dargaville or Auckland-Matakohe-Ruawai-Dargaville

      Thanks :)

      9 Answers Jan 20, 2007 at 4:22 PM
    • Tattoo in Whangarei

      Whangarei Nov 28, 2006 at 11:41 PM


      I want to get a tattoo, whangarei is closest (I'm in kerikeri) and I was wondering if anyone has an advice of who to go to? I know bout Native INC and Art N Soul but no idea what there reputations are..


      1 Answer Dec 14, 2006 at 11:55 AM
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      Best town for Bay of Islands base

      Bay of Islands Oct 21, 2006 at 6:13 AM

      Can anyone tell us the best town to stay as a base for the Bay of Islands area?

      Also any recommendations for good medium grade accommodation in the area

      We are 2 couples planning to visit in early January 07

      Many thanks,


      18 Answers Apr 10, 2007 at 8:23 AM
    • Looks like i'm the 1st in here

      Kaitaia Feb 26, 2005 at 5:20 AM

      Where is Kaitaia?

      5 Answers Feb 27, 2005 at 8:39 AM
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      Help I'm a Fish!!

      Whangarei Nov 25, 2004 at 8:42 AM

      I'm flying into Auckland on Feb 11th 2005 for my first visit to NZ, .... so, I'm trying to find someone who can help me to find a scuba diving tour to the Poor Knights, while my travel partner attends her friends wedding in Christchurch. I am considering getting a flight to Whangerei, but the one dive shop in that area that I called for prices quoted me180NZ for 2 dives....... is this the usual price?? Its much more expensive than what I usually pay at other destinations. Secondly, if there are any friendly divers in that vacinity who think they would like to buddy with me for some innocent fun and socialising then drop me a line.

      6 Answers Jan 4, 2005 at 7:12 PM
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      Paihia for New Years 2005

      Paihia Oct 6, 2004 at 10:04 PM

      I am going to be traveling in New Zealand during New Years and had heard Paihia was a good place to be. I found out about a concert held at Haruru falls each year but can not find anything about this coming new years. Could anyone tell me if it is still on for this year (sponsered by Export Gold i think) and where to find it. If not can anyone tell me if anything is happening in Paihia or where a better place for New Years would be. Thank you very much. I would appriciate any help i can get.

      4 Answers Oct 21, 2007 at 5:29 PM
    • Sailing TRIP

      Bay of Islands Aug 23, 2004 at 11:54 PM

      Hi hey! Anyone experience with sailing trips in the bay of islands? We want to do a one day sailing trip- rather a small boat/small group....We is the best place to start?? How much will it be? Thank you for the infomation!

      2 Answers Aug 24, 2004 at 8:07 AM
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      Birthday Bash at Bay of Islands

      Bay of Islands Feb 2, 2004 at 11:09 PM

      A gang of us - all schoolmates 20 years ago are planning for a birthday bash with many of us flying in from Australia, New York and some from Asia (like myself) for an overnight Auckland and then on drive to Bay of Islands. I am looking for tips on whereabout to stay, dine and pamper ourselves. Money issue is secondary; we just wanna have a memorable week together.

      21 Answers Oct 24, 2006 at 2:32 AM
    • Diving Bay of Islands

      Paihia Sep 10, 2003 at 5:36 AM

      Hi There, I want to do some diving at the Bay of Island (Rainbow Warrior) as an advanced Open Water diver. Suggestions about dive trips / operators / costs and the best place to start the trip. Rgds, Sam

      2 Answers Jun 25, 2006 at 4:31 PM